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Need Help Choosing Marble surround for fireplace!
markeyp
November 10, 2012
I just had a beautiful custom built-in wall unit built for my fireplace and flat screen TV. I'm having trouble deciding what color marble surround to chose around the fireplace. The entire wall is white with the exception of the black gas fireplace insert and the TV above it (not installed in the picture yet). My floor is a wood looking porcelain tile. My choices are either cappuccino onyx (sample included in the picture), dark emperador brown marble or Michael Angelo black and gold marble. The stone surround will only be 4.5" wide on both sides and the top, it's kind of narrow. So I'm struggling with choosing the lighter colored onyx which matches my wallpaper color and blends with the lighter tones; or the black and gold marble which blends with the black fireplace but also has veins of white and brownish gold; or just be safe with the dark emperador. The attached images are of my living room, but it is still incomplete and being worked on. The large TV in the center of the room will be removed when we get the flat screen installed. I also have a Natuzzi leather sofa on order in Oregon Brown (Cuoio) if that helps. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
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markeyp
Here is a picture of the Michael Angelo marble and the Cappucino Onyx.
    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 4:58PM
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markeyp
I would also like to ask if I should add a matching marble shelf above the fireplace mantel? It has been painted white and doesn't really need it, but I thought it might be nice. It would match whatever marble I choose around the front of the fireplace.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 6:51AM
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Aggie Purvinska
I like the Michelangelo, it will work better with the fireplace and will not be too matchy with the wall. Great unit! Congrats!
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 6:55AM
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markeyp
Thanks, that was my first choice also! What about adding a matching marble shelf on top of the fireplace mantel?
1 Like    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:01AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Michel Angelo. No shelf.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:29AM
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markeyp
Thanks Carolyn! Can I ask why you think the shelf would be a bad idea?
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:36AM
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Aggie Purvinska
Yeah, that's an interesting idea, go for it.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:37AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
If the entire fireplace surround were marble, then the top of the mantle would be marble. But the fireplace surround is not marble, it's white painted wood. It's one of those design things where I just think it wouldn't look right. And if you did the top of the mantle, why then would you not do the countertops on the cabinets? I'm not violently opposed to it. I just think I wouldn't like it. Let's see what others have to say.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:45AM
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markeyp
Oh, I see. Yes, I agree that then the other 2 adjacent counter-tops should also be marble. Then it might look more like kitchen cabinets also.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 8:07AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I wouldn't want my living room to look like my kitchen. Here's a picture of a granite top on a mantel. I would have preferred it without the granite. What do you think?
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 8:31AM
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markeyp
I'm sorry, but I don't see a link to the picture you mentioned.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 8:35AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Oops! Sorry about that. Here it is.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 8:45AM
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markeyp
Yes, in this particular case I agree, since the mantel is so high, you can't even really see the granite. But in my case, the mantel is much lower, and would be more visible.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 9:13AM
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greenthumb2
If you must keep the unit white, I'd like to see some color on the back walls of the built in. A brown to match the michel angelo would be stunning. that is outstanding granite.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 9:26AM
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greenthumb2
Is the Michel Angelo quarried? So curious.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 9:29AM
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markeyp
Yes I think so. I am getting from my marble and stone distributor. He has a slab that he's cutting my pieces from.
    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 9:47AM
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markeyp
Any more comments regarding whether I should add the marble shelf to the fireplace mantel?
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 6:22AM
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greenthumb2
I say yes if you think people will get close to it and use it. I mean, if you entertain and people are drawn to the fireplace, they may stand there with their food/drink plate and there would be a beautiful and obviously great place to set down their drink or plate to continue the conversation.

I have found that even at bar height cabinets, granite shelves are seen and admired. However, the rounded edge is a bit pricey if you haven't had it budgeted. Things like that have a way of adding up. I would do a round edge, but that is me. I would also then place one shelf on each of the lower left and rights. ching, ching. :=) hope this doesn't frustrate. I love your granite. Just make sure the new case can hold the extra weight if you also planned on placing books on the bottom shelves.
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 2:46PM
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markeyp
Just wanted to give an update on my wall unit marble selection with some completed pictures. Thanks for all your suggestions and help everyone!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:48AM
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favoritegram
Looks beautiful, love your built in
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 11:02AM
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Ingrained woodworking Inc
That came out really nice. I like how the discussions and suggestions led to the final.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 11:30AM
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kmhbt
May I ask how high your mantel is? The TV doesn't look as high as some over the fireplace televisions do.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:03PM
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markeyp
Thanks so much. My mantel is 43" high. I custom designed it with a smaller ventless gas fireplace knowing I didn't want the TV mounted too high.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:47PM
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kmhbt
What a great idea! How big of a TV were you able to use? I wish I had thought of that!
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:52PM
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markeyp
My TV is a Panasonic plasma 50" TV.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 3:45PM
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kmhbt
Perfect size for that space. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 4:31PM
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vacox
Nice. It was just suggested to me to add a marble layer over our mantel top, to match the existing marble surround. For us, this would extend and give depth to the existing mantel. Yours looks great!
    Bookmark   Thanked by markeyp    April 11, 2013 at 4:18PM
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